BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Ponter Boddit is his favorite among all the characters he's created.
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©2002 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation." (The New York Times)
This book was a "fast" read. I enjoyed it, and wanted to go on to the next book. The characters are fully developed, and the premise is interesting. There is also social commentary.
Hi, I don't want to sound too prude, but this book has an early graphic rape scene. In a regular book, it isn't a problem to fast forward through this, but in an audio format, it is just a little bit creepy.
I really felt awkward listening to this and just wanted to pass it on to others. I realize this may come off as old-fashioned, but having to listen to it is very different than reading through it (where you can skip lines and/or pages).
Sawyer has some interesting ideas that make this book worth reading, but the story's pace dragged considerably in my opinion. At times the story tends to slip into thinly veiled political commentary that does little to advance the plot, or develop the characters. What it seems Sawyer is tryng to convey is a dystopic view of our world seen through the eyes of a neanerthal from a parallel universe. If you don't agree with some of the interpretations, it can be quite jarring (which perhaps was the point). I think this story would appeal to fans of "hard" science fiction - where the focus is on the speculation within.
Let's look at the review in 2 sections, the narration and the book. Overall it's a fun read and I'm glad it's available. Will this book stand alone as a classic, no.
Narration: Davis attempts to do accents, and Louise's accent almost killed the book. She's French Canadian and Davis gave her a Parisian French accent. They are as different as American English and British English, with no love lost between the two cultures. Being Canadian and very familiar with French Canadian's speaking English it made me cringe every time the character appeared in the story. Oh no, he might use that awful accent again! Thankfully, she is a minor character. The rest of the narration is enjoyable, though the accents come and go.
Book: His explanation of earth almost makes me want to give up and crawl back into a cave. The author seems to basically setup Ponter's world as the garden of eden, a wonderful place with no crime, rich in technology and living in perfect harmony with nature. He then contrasts this with our world and the mess we've made of it. While he's right on somethings, it seemed too lopsided. Almost to the point of, what's the point? I'm guessing later books in the series this might change.
I would not describe the rape scene as graphic. Not if you've seen any movies in the last 25 years anyways. It's well described, and enough for the reader to know why the character is the way she is. Was it required for this book, no. For the series? I'm guessing yes.
Loved the book. A nice story with interesting characters.
The narrator makes the story even better.
Looking forward to read the next book.
I liked this book because of it's sci-fi and science. But at the beginning of this book Mr. Sawyer says that Ponter is his favorite character he's ever created. I think if he's proud of creating an atheist, communist, cave man, I'd be afraid to read his other characters. I don't like to read fiction that throws politics down my throat. I don't care what your politics are or even if I agree with them but it should be neutral in sci-fi. Politics are ruining sci-fi just look at the recent flop "Day the Earth Stood Still" to prove that. Please give me your science, your mystery, your, drama, and even give me your romance. But please leave your politics at the door. I would have preferred instead of describing everything wrong with our world if the book would describe all that bad thing's in Ponter's world as well. But I will continue reading this series because I enjoy the science and other subject matter.
I couldent put this book down this is the first book buy this auther that i have listend to but it wont be my last IT,S A GREAT BOOK
Fun "read," but a little lame...especially the two-dimensional characters. It reads like it's dying to become a movie (and would probably do really well).
Louise, she sounded really hot!
The different voices were getting a little difficult to follow; also, I'm not a fan of hearing a male narrator imitate a female voice. It sounds like a Monty Python skit.
Yeah, download the second book and see if it's any better.
Yes the never ending "Humans are bad" theme thats cropping up in every book of the type
No idea didn't read the book
Yes and no. It was a decent enough book at least the premiss was but the over played theme of "humans are bad" is just getting tiresome and depressing.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This is a very good story. Very thought provoking. The performance is okay. The reader has a problem with the female voices at times. But the story is very thought provoking. I found it making me think quite a bit about the ideas. Very worth the listen.
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